STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific Tigers capitalized on two huge innings to get the 13-4 home win over the Seattle Redhawks in game one of the four-game series. Ryan Shreve picked up his first career win in his first career start, striking out four and giving up just one run in his four innings. The Tigers move back to .500, sitting at 6-6 on the season now, while Seattle drops to 5-8.
Preston Moebius and Matt Tarantino would each drive in two runs while six different Tigers had at least one RBI.
Seattle had back-to-back hits to start the fourth that gave them the lead 1-0. After a leadoff single, a double to left-center over the head of Ryan Robards drove in the runner. It was the first earned run of Shreve's career, coming after eight innings of work. James Free gunned down the baserunner trying to steal third after that to snuff out Seattle's rally.
Pacific answered with a eight-run fourth to take the lead for good, their third inning of seven or more runs this season. The eight runs came on just three hits as Pacific drew two walks and forced three errors and a wild pitch. Free and Nick Iwasa would start the scoring with singles through the right side back-to-back, driving in Ryan Schlach and Tarantino.
Keaton Glover then picked up his first career RBI with a bunt single, bouncing it into no-man's land as Free slid home to make it 3-1. Iwasa then came home when Seattle committed a throwing error trying to gun the freshman down at the plate on a grounder to third.
With the bases loaded and one out, Lucas Halstead hit a high bouncing grounder to short. The shortstop rushed the throw, sailing it into foul territory and allowing three runs to score. Pacific's final run of the inning would score on a wild pitch.
"We just put the ball in play and put pressure on the defense," said Glover, who would go 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, about the big inning.
Three runs in the sixth by Seattle made it a game again but Cooper Casad threw 2.1 shutout innings to keep the Redhawks from getting any closer before Pacific blew up for another five-run inning in the eighth.
Singles by Sandri and Robards would end up starting that big eighth inning. Those two batters advanced one base on a wild pitch, then moved up further on a throwing error, plating Sandri.
Moebius picked up his first career RBI with a two-run single that bounced just out of reach of the second baseman to bring Robards and Danny Mayer home and make it an 11-4 lead.
Tarantino ripped a line drive off the third baseman before he could react to score two more runs and push his team-leading RBI total to 12, making it 13-4.
- The eight-run fourth was Pacific's highest-scoring inning of the season.
- Tiger leadoff hitters are hitting .308 over the last ten games.
- Iwasa now has three RBI in his last three games.
- As a starter, Glover is hitting .400 with two runs and an RBI.
- Mayer's on-base streak stretched to 46 games with a walk and a HBP today.
- Pacific's ERA in wins is 1.36, with their starters having allowed just two earned runs in 34 IP.
The Tigers and Redhawks will have a doubleheader tomorrow, with game one set to kick off at 1:00 pm and game two starting half an hour after game one's conclusion. Tickets for that whole series are available online.
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